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Sulzer named as first Learning Unlimited Employer of th...

Electrical engineering company, Sulzer is the first to be named as our Employer of the month in an initative which is designed to reward organisations which show a high level of commitment to the apprenticeship model and go above and beyond to get the most out of their apprentices... Read More

Celebrating award-winning engineering talent with Tarma...

Major local employer Tarmac is marking its long-standing partnership with the Chesterfield College Group by celebrating more award-winning talent at the company, through the success of 20-year-old Apprentice Molly Bardwell, who has just been chosen as the College’s ‘Student of the Year’. Molly’s ‘determination to succeed in her academic and... Read More

Working with…Smith of Derby

We speak with Tony Charlesworth, Sales Manager at Smith of Derby, a clockmakers based in Derby. Smith are utilising apprenticeships to give the next generation of clockmakers the skills to drive the business forward for years to come.   Read More

Interested in teaching? Come to our Train to Teach show...

Our Train to Teach showcase event is the perfect opportunity to learn more about our high quality teaching programmes. From early years to adult education and even work-based training, we have a huge range of teaching qualifications for you to choose... Read More

Rayburn Tours think apprentices are the perfect fit

Derby based Rayburn Tours provide superb value Educational Trips, School Ski Trips, Sports and Concert Tours, abroad and in the UK for Schools, Youth & Music Groups. With apprentices embedded firmly in their day to day productivity we decided to... Read More

Exciting opportunity for budding chefs to work across t...

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s estate, which includes the famous local attraction of Chatsworth, is offering seven fantastic apprenticeships, to young people with a passion for food and a desire to train as chefs. The successful apprentices will get the opportunity to work across the Devonshire Group’s  three acclaimed... Read More

Traineeships on offer with Derby County Community Trust

The Chesterfield College Group and Derby County Community Trust are looking for unemployed young people with a passion for carving a career in sports coaching and development to join their traineeship scheme at the Derby County ground.  The traineeship offers... Read More

A chance to shine at the National Apprenticeship Awards

If you’ve got an inspirational story to tell about the success apprenticeships have brought you, the National Apprenticeship Awards could be the perfect way to get some recognition for them. The 2017 awards are now open for nominations. The judges are looking for employers and apprentices who have shown an... Read More

Employers are invited to shape the skills of the next g...

Employers and key stakeholders from across the health, leisure, education and public service sectors will gather together on 16th May to help shape and influence the skills Chesterfield College Group will deliver to the workforce of the future. The event allows employers and key stakeholders to highlight which skills are... Read More

Learning Unlimited seeks training providers for nationa...

Learning Unlimited, part of the Chesterfield College Group, is currently seeking training providers to join a preferred supplier list for the delivery of apprenticeship training where it cannot be delivered in-house. Read More

Awards ceremony celebrates apprenticeships in Derbyshir...

Apprentices and employers from across Derbyshire were recognised for excellence at Learning Unlimited’s awards ceremony held at Pride Park in Derby last night. There were 30 shortlisted apprentices and employers across the 11 categories of awards. The award categories were designed to celebrate the dedication and drive of apprentices at... Read More

Survey reveals parent power can unlock the potential of...

Learning Unlimited say parents could hold the power to help their children make the right career and study choices. They have pledged to help them get the right information after the findings of their survey highlighted that misconceptions about modern apprenticeships could mean young people aren’t getting the right... Read More

Chesterfield College Group welcomes new Principal and C...

Julie Richards, Deputy Principal of Chesterfield College, commences in her new role as Principal and Chief Executive of The Chesterfield College Group, which includes Learning Unlimited, today. Julie, who was born and has lived in Chesterfield her entire life, has worked in Further Education for almost 30 years. She has... Read More

Apprenticeship Service launched for levy paying employe...

In preparation for the launch of the apprenticeship levy on 6 April this year, we are encouraging all of our levy-paying employers to register for the online Apprenticeship Service. This is a useful tool that will enable you to manage the finances of your apprenticeship programme under the new... Read More

Kingswood offer traineeships and apprenticeships for un...

Outdoor learning specialist, Kingswood, is working with Learning Unlimited to offer up to 100 unemployed people a short course designed to give them the skills they need to start an apprenticeship in outdoor education.  The recruits, who should be passionate about the great outdoors, will get essential work experience... Read More

More Derby office open evening dates announced!

Our Derby office have been really busy at the last two open evenings so we've decided to put some more on for anyone looking to find out more about becoming an apprentice or taking an apprentice on. Tuesday 21st March 2017 5.30pm – 8.00pm Tuesday 9th May 2017 5.30pm –... Read More

Working with..Fieldings Porter Solicitors

Our Manchester team have been working closely with Bolton based Fieldings Porter Solicitors to provide a number of business admin apprentices to support the business. Here's what Peter, one of the firm's partners has to say about the whole experience.   Read More

Boosting English skills for staff gives Kerry Foods une...

When bosses at Burton based Kerry Foods offered their multi-ethnic workforce the chance to improve their English skills they knew it would help with productivity, communications and team work but, what they didn’t expect was the boost to morale it provided along with opportunities for succession planning and promotion. Staff... Read More

Derby office to hold Open Evening on the 10th January

Our Derby office is holding an Open Evening on Tuesday 10th January, 5.30-8pm (directions here) Guests are welcome to drop in at any stage of the evening but informative presentations on apprenticeships are to be held at 6pm and 7pm. In addition to finding... Read More

Apprentices bring WorldSkills UK medals back to Derbysh...

Talented automotive repair and refinishing apprentices and an engineering apprentice studying with Learning Unlimited, part of the Chesterfield College group, have brought two gold and one silver medal back to Derbyshire after competing in Worldskills UK during the Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC last week. After qualifying in regional heats,... Read More

Automotive apprentices ready to compete at WorldSkills...

Later this week three talented automotive apprentices from Chesterfield College will be heading to Birmingham to compete in the auto-refinishing and repair categories of Worldskills UK at the NEC. Automotive Body Repair apprentices Harry Devine and Shawn Dyson and Automotive Refinishing apprentice Mike Massey will take part in the annual... Read More

Engineering apprentice all set for WorldSkills UK compe...

Sam Sibert, CNC machinist and higher level apprentice at BG Engineering in Chesterfield, is one of four finalists selected from across the country to compete against the best of the best students and apprentices from across the UK in the high profile WorldSkills UK competition taking place in Birmingham... Read More

A night of winners at the Chesterfield Food and Drink A...

What a night at the Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards last week! Not only was it a very inspiring evening full of impressive businesses setting a very high standard in catering and hospitality but we had not 1, not 2, but... Read More

Take advantage of fully funded training before April 20...

The Employer Engagement Team at Learning Unlimited are urging employers to take a look at their skill gaps to identify how they might be able to take advantage of the free training for staff before the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy next April. Apprenticeships will no longer be fully funded by... Read More

Chief Constable welcomes 11 new apprentices to Derbyshi...

Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, Mick Creedon welcomed 11 new apprentices to the organisation this week. The talented 16-19 year olds will be kick-starting their careers by carrying out business and administration roles in a range of departments supporting the work of the police force from crime support to human... Read More

Open Evening at our Derby centre, Tues 01 Nov, 5.30-8pm

Come and speak to our advisors at the Learning Unlimited centre in Derby, located on Pride Park. We have 100s of apprenticeship vacancies across Derbyshire. Take a tour of our state-of-the-art training facility Get free careers advice Find out how you... Read More

Apprentice shortlisted as trainee of the year in presti...

Talented apprentice, Greg Kasowicz is celebrating after being told he has been shortlisted as trainee of the year in the prestigious British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards. Bosses at Derbyshire based Gowercroft Joinery nominated him after the work he did led to massive business benefits for them. Greg’s role in revolutionising... Read More

Megan’s commitment to a career in childcare makes her a...

Megan Cameron battled against the school bullies and difficult personal circumstances to make sure she got the training and skills she needed for her dream job in childcare. Her hard work and determination meant she was awarded as Apprentice of the Year at Chesterfield College’s annual Celebration of Achievement. Megan’s... Read More

Upcoming Open Events

Open days at Learning Unlimited Derby, Unit 15-21, Royal Scot Road, Derby, DE24 8AJ: Wednesday 29th June Tuesday 12th July Monday 15th August Come along and find out about what an apprenticeship or traineeship involves, speak with tutors, current apprentices and advisors who can let you know what vacancies are available... Read More

The hunt is on to find 13 apprentices to join Derbyshir...

The hunt is on to find 13 apprentices to join Derbyshire Constabulary in administration and IT roles across different departments of the Force. Working with Learning Unlimited, Derbyshire Constabulary are searching for candidates who want to kick-start their career with the organisation. The apprenticeship positions are based across many departments of the... Read More

NHS trust offers 10 traineeship opportunities for unemp...

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust is working with Learning Unlimited to offer an exciting opportunity for 10 unemployed 18-24 year olds to get essential work experience and develop key employability skills through a traineeship programme that starts at the end of February in the Chesterfield area. Both organisations... Read More

Preparing for the Apprenticeship Levy

We’ve recently forged a new partnership with Employee Management Limited which provides HR, Employment Law and H&S support to businesses in the North West. They also work with clients across the UK and beyond, ranging in size from owner-managed businesses to national, multi-site organisations. EML have written a great blog... Read More

Chloe is cooking up a promising career with an apprenti...

Chloe Perrin is 16 years old and is just 9 months into a 14 month food production and cooking apprenticeship at the prestigious Peak Edge Hotel at Stonedge in Derbyshire. She has already made a big impact and is planning a bright future based on what she has learnt... Read More

Apprenticeships are vital to success for precision engi...

For one Derbyshire company, apprenticeships are nothing new but they claim they are vital to their success in the precision engineering market. It’s not surprising then that Slack and Parr have invested heavily in apprenticeships for the last 50 years and plan to carry on. They take on up to... Read More

Careers Fair – Are you looking for a new challeng...

11th February, 4-7pm Chesterfield College, Infirmary Road campus, S41 7NG Learning Unlimited, part of the Chesterfield College Group, is currently looking to meet a range of talented people looking to secure roles as Work-Based Tutors, Business Advisors, Recruitment Advisors and Sales Advisors. Learning Unlimited is the employer engagement arm of the College,... Read More

Traineeships help local engineering firm to find local...

Finding a talented workforce is always a challenge for companies with specialist skill requirements but one local engineering firm from Derby thinks it has found the right formula to help maintain their worldwide reputation. Working with Learning Unlimited, Aerodyn used the traineeship programme to find local talent to become... Read More

Apprenticeships celebrated for helping to deliver quali...

In a special celebration at Learning Unlimited, 64 apprentices working with Heathcotes Care were recognised for their hard work and commitment to training and successfully completing their apprenticeships. The event marked the achievements of learners at all levels including the first higher level health and social care apprentices who... Read More

Nottinghamshire emerges as transport and logistics hub

Nottinghamshire is fast becoming the Transport and Logistics hub for the country as local industry has experienced remarkable growth, whist the rest of the country has failed to follow suit. According to a report conducted by Invest Ashfield & Mansfield, Nottinghamshire’s Transportation and Logistics industry experienced unrivalled growth of 7.9... Read More